| Spoladea recurvalis (Fabricius, 1794)|
Main synonym = Hymenia recurvalis Fabricius, 1787
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Crambidae |
| Hawaiian Beet webworm , Beet webworm Maltese name not known|
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This moth is very common in autumn and is one of the few moths that flies during the day. The larva feeds on Beta (beet), Zea (corn), and Spinacia (Spinach). The larvae is green and about 2cm long. In Malta, the larva is commonly found on wild Amaranthus such as Amaranthus viridis and A. retrofleus, where it also froms the pupa amongst the inflorescences or lower side of leaves. The light brown pupa is formed within a slight cocoon and lasts for about 12 days until the adult butterfly is formed. The wingspan of the moth is 22-24mm.
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